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The Green Energy Times August Edition Is Now Available

The August, 2022 edition of Green Energy Times has gone to press and will soon be available in the places it is distributed. It is now available online and can be downloaded HERE.

Individual articles are being uploaded, and will be available soon online.

August 12 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “World’s Largest Ice Sheet Crumbling Faster Than Previously Thought, Satellite Imagery Shows” • Antarctica’s coastal glaciers are shedding icebergs more rapidly than nature can replenish the crumbling ice, doubling previous estimates of losses from the world’s largest ice sheet over the past 25 years, a satellite analysis published in the journal Nature shows. [CNN]

Aurora over ice (Lightscape, Unsplash)

  • “Aptera Reveals Gamma (Near-Production) Vehicle Interior” • A social media post by Aptera shows the great progress it is making toward its production vehicle. Not only is Aptera in the last phase before its production design, but they’ve kitted the EV out with a complete interior and exterior, something it didn’t do with the last phase of production. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Burning Imported Wood In Drax Power Plant ‘Doesn’t Make Sense’, Says Kwarteng” • The importing of wood to burn in Drax power station “is not sustainable” and “doesn’t make any sense”, the business and energy secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, told a private meeting of MPs this week. Scientists have held this position for a long time. [The Guardian]
  • “Copenhagen Energy Unveils 3-GW Midtown Offshore Wind Farm” • Copenhagen Energy has submitted proposals for a 3-GW offshore wind project off the coast of Western Australia. The project would comprise up to 200 turbines and six substations from 10 to 70 km off Kalbarri, the developer said, covering a 700 square-kilometer area. [reNews]
  • “Massachusetts Commits To Offshore Wind Procurement Reforms” • Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a clean energy bill that will reform the state’s process for offshore wind procurement. The bill, passed by the legislature on 31 July, codifies Massachusetts’ commitment to procure 5.6 GW by 2030, enough to power two million homes. [reNews]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

August 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “UN Security Council To Discuss Ukraine Nuclear Plant Crisis” • The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting to address the crisis at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex. Kyiv and Moscow have accused each other of having bombed the power plant. A source in the Security Council presidency said that the meeting would be on 11 August. [RTE]

 

UN Building, New York (Mike Peel, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

  • “G7 Demands Russia Return Control Of Zaporizhzhia Plant To Kyiv” • The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven nations demanded that Russia return control of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and all other nuclear facilities within its borders to Kyiv to ensure their safe operation. Some 500 Russian soldiers are using the facility as a base. [UPI]
  • “Norwegian Battery Maker “Accelerating” US Development Due To Inflation Reduction Act” • The Inflation Reduction Act hasn’t even made it through Congress yet, hasn’t been signed into law by Joe Biden yet, is still in the “hot news” category, yet companies are already responding and accelerating business development plans! [CleanTechnica]
  • “Ohio Court Rules Icebreaker Can Proceed” • The proposed six-turbine Icebreaker offshore wind project in Lake Erie has received a favourable decision from the Ohio Supreme Court which has ruled the project may proceed. The court held the Ohio Power Siting Board properly issued a permit that allows the project to move ahead. [reNews]

Building a wind turbine in Lake Erie (LEEDco image)

  • “Understanding The New Federal Tax Credit For Electric Cars: It’s Complicated” • The US government has become intent on speeding up the transition to clean energy and transportation. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is meant to put some federal policy muscle into that process, but it has changed the incentive structure considerably. [CleanTechnica]
  • “CEC Adopts Historic California Offshore Wind Goals, Enough To Power Upwards Of 25 Million Homes” • The California Energy Commission adopted a report establishing offshore wind goals . Preliminary findings in the report set planning goals of 2,000-5,000 MW of offshore wind by 2030 and 25,000 MW by 2045. [California Energy Commission]
  • “Ford Makes Largest Purchase Of Renewable Energy From A Utility In American History” • Ford Motor Company took a major step towards its renewable energy goal. It announced the largest renewable energy purchase ever made in the US from a utility, 650 MW of renewably generated electricity from DTE Energy, which is based in Michigan. [Jalopnik]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

August 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Electric School Buses Win Big In USA” • Electric school buses are growing rapidly in the US, with a nearly ten-fold increase in commitments by school districts and fleet operators in the past year. Thirty-eight states have now committed to procure more than 12,000 electric school buses. Several states have acted this year to transition to clean buses. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bus (Courtesy of GreenPower Motor Company)

  • “As Britain Gets Drier, We Don’t Talk About How Much Water Nuclear Power Uses” • In the middle of one of the worst droughts in British history, the Tory Energy Secretary has just authorised the consumption of more than 20 billion litres of water by a new nuclear plant. A campaign group has launched a legal challenge on that basis alone. [The Independent]
  • “Ørsted First Energy Company To Set 100% Renewable Electricity Requirement For Suppliers” • Ørsted expects all its suppliers to use 100% renewable electricity by 2025, becoming the first energy company in the world to do so, the company said. In 2020, Ørsted committed to getting 100% of its energy from renewables by 2025. [Offshore Wind]
  • “How Europe Can Cut ⅓ Of Its Oil Demand By 2030” • Two-thirds of the EU’s oil use is for transport. The EU is acting to eliminate oil imports from Russia, but to ensure that it does not simply shift oil purchases from one authoritative regime to another, member states should seize the opportunity to wean transport from fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]
  • “US Energy Production Declined By Record Amounts In Several States In 2020” • In 2020, energy production in the US fell by record amounts compared with 2019, mostly as a result of decreased economic activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seven states saw their largest annual energy production decline in at least 60 years. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

 

August 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Russia Threatens To Blow Up Europe’s Largest Nuclear Power Plant If Ukraine Doesn’t Back Off” • Russian Major-General Valeriy Vasilyev, said in a since-deleted statement, “Here will be either Russian land or a desert. The nuclear power plant will be either Russian or no one’s.” He said explosives had be set up in the plant to blow it up. [LADbible]

Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant (Ralf1969, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

  • “New Heat Pumps For Old Apartments” • Gradient, based in San Francisco, has created a novel solution to the problem. The unit hangs from the window sill and can be installed using hand tools. Plug it in to a standard 120-volt wall outlet and you’re good to go. It won Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas Award for consumer products. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Billionaires Are Funding Massive Treasure Hunt In Greenland As Ice Vanishes” • The climate crisis is melting Greenland down at an unprecedented rate, and this is an opportunity for investors and mining companies. They are searching for a trove of critical minerals to power the green energy transition. And some of the world’s richest people are investing. [CNN]
  • “Chicago Announces Plan To Power City With 100% Renewable Energy” • Chicago’s public buildings could all be powered by renewable energy under a plan Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced. The city has an agreement with Chicago utility Constellation Energy and Massachusetts-based renewable energy developer Swift Current Energy. [POWER Magazine]
  • “Virginia Regulators Approve $10 Billion Plan For Nation’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm” • Dominion Energy has reached a major milestone in the development of the 2.6-GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project. Construction of the project was approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission. It will be 27 miles off Virginia Beach. [Offshore Magazine]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

Just In! (from NY-GEO)

All across the state, New Yorkers are de-carbonizing their heating and cooling systems by switching to electric powered heat pumps. NY-GEO is here

Just In! is NY-GEO’s weekly news feed for members. NY-GEO’s calendar-year memberships are open to everyone and available for as little as $35. See more information on memberships hereClick here to see some of the work a NY-GEO membership supports. We also feature three of the top news item summaries on the NY-GEO home page every Monday.

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Next Steps from Rewiring America – “We are closer than we have ever been to the most significant climate legislation in our nation’s history…news that Senator Sinema would support the Inflation Reduction Act was welcomed by so many people who have worked towards the passage of this bill for so long. And, without doubt, it is very good news, supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans. But our work is not done. It’s up to us to see this legislation through over the next few days. We’re running the last mile of the marathon, but we can’t slow down or stop if we want to win. Now that Senator Sinema has indicated she’ll support the bill, it will go to the Senate for a preliminary floor vote on Saturday, commencing at 12:30 PM. This begins a 20-hour clock of debate and amendments. Upon passage in the Senate, it will go to the House, where members are able to vote by proxy. This could happen as early as Monday or Tuesday of next week. And if the Inflation Reduction Act passes in the House, it will go to the President.”

NY Invests $70 Million in Window Air Source Heat Pumps – Maria Gallucci – Canary Media – “On Tuesday, New York leaders announced a $70 million initial investment to deploy 30,000 window-sized electric heat pumps in apartments citywide. Gradient and another company, the global appliance maker Midea America, each won seven-year contracts to develop and produce devices for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), which provides affordable housing. Leaders in other cities, including Jersey City, Boston and Seattle, say they’re tracking the project’s progress closely.” Full article here.

NGRID: 25% Clean Heat Incentive Increase in Gas Constrained Zip Codes – National Grid has “announced a new initiative to increase incentives in gas-constrained communities identified as high priority for electrification… Our residential, multi-family* and small business customers in the 53 designated priority electrification zip codes will receive an additional 25% incentive on installations after September 1, 2022. This increased incentive combined with federal tax credits can reduce the cost barriers to help customers achieve their energy goals while bringing us closer to a fossil-free future. Please use the downloadable zip code list or search the highlighted areas in the interactive map to verify your customers’ eligibility for the increased incentive.

August 8 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Climate Hawks Breathe Sigh Of Relief After More Than A Decade Of Fighting For Climate Legislation” • Senator Ed Markey still remembers the raw anger he felt after the 2009 climate bill failed to advance in a Democrat-controlled Senate. Now, in a 50-50 Senate vote, more than a decade later, the Inflation Reduction Act passed. [CNN]

Senator Markey in 2019 (Senate Democrats, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

  • “Inflation Reduction Act’s $300 Billion Climate Spending Would Benefit Mostly Red Districts” • The Inflation Reduction Act cleared the Senate despite solid Republican opposition. It’s expected to pass in the House with little to no GOP support. But a study shows it delivers big benefits to mostly Republican rural congressional districts. [Texas Public Radio]
  • “Death Valley Flooding, A 1,000-Year Event” • A three-hour rainstorm has dumped nearly 1.5 inches of rain on Death Valley National Park, causing widespread flooding that tore up roads, blew out water systems, and shut down the park. The flooding has been classified as a 1,000-year event by the National Weather Service. [National Parks Traveler]
  • “Silicon Valley Startup Plans 3D-Printed Solid-State Battery Gigafactories” • While plans in the tech world are as good as a contract written with disappearing ink, a pilot battery production facility opened in Silicon Valley by startup Sakuú a year ago is already producing 3D-printed solid-state batteries for real customers. [CleanTechnica]
  • “‘Suicidal Act’: UN Warns Over Latest Shelling On Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant” • Another shelling at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine raised concerns over nuclear threats, with the UN warning that any attack on a nuclear plant is “suicidal.” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the risk of nuclear confrontation. [Press TV]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

Tues, August 9th: How To Save Energy in Your Home

To help preserve our planet, Sustainable Lebanon has launched a Second Tues at Seven Speaker Series (via Zoom).

Speaking this Tuesday, August 9th at 7 pm will be Rob Anderegg, author of “Turning Intentions into Actions:  A Homeowner’s Guide to Long-Range Energy Planning.”

By budgeting for energy use, homeowners can begin to make long-range plans for reducing their fossil fuel.  A data-drive approach helps to prioritize which actions to take first.  No matter where your household stands on the spectrum of fossil fuel independence, this approach can help you to identify and take actions to reduce your carbon footprint.

Time for questions will be available at the end of the session.

To receive the Zoom link in advance of the session, email SusLebNH@outlook.com

Jennifer Grant
Sustainable Lebanon

SusLebNH@outlook.com

603-252-1618

www.facebook.com/SustainableLebanonNH [Link]

August 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “From Melting Glaciers To Cloudbursts – How Climate Change Is Impacting Kashmir” • Glaciers in the Kashmir area are melting at an unusual pace, posing a big threat to the environment as well as to the people in the region, a study shows. Heat records are being shattered, even as frequencies of rainfalls, hailstorms, and flashfloods are on rise. [Zee News]

Kashmir countryside (Praneet Kumar, Unsplash)

  • “Why The International Climate Community Isn’t Popping Champagne Over The US Energy Bill” • While the energy bill is welcomed overseas, there’s an overarching feeling that the US is simply catching up to its allies after years of inaction. Pressure has also increased for the US to take financial responsibility for its historic role in the crisis. [CNN]
  • “How The Climate Bill Could Save You Money On Electricity, Cars And Appliances” • With nearly $370 billion for energy and incentives, the energy bill is the largest climate investment in US history. In addition to emissions reductions, there’s a lot in the bill that could change both how Americans power their homes and what kinds of vehicles they drive. [CNN]
  • “Report: Clean Energy Jobs Benefitting Every State” • As the Congress prepares to vote on the Inflation Reduction Act and the biggest investments in clean energy in US history, a report shows that every state benefits from clean energy job growth, regardless of politics, geography, or geology. Some red states are among those with the biggest gains. [CleanTechnica]
  • “New BMW I4 EDrive35 Starts At $51,400” • BMW at long last brought another fully electric car to market, the i4. It is bringing a new version of the i4 to market in the US that offers a lower entry price. Instead of the previous low price of $55,300, the starting MSRP of the new trim is $51,400 (plus $995 destination and handling) in the US. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

August 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Ford’s F-150 Lightning Now Delivered To Customers In All 50 States” • In only two months, Ford has delivered electric F-150 Lightning trucks to residents in all 50 states of the US, from the Kenai River in Alaska to Houston and even Hawaii. Though sales are greatest in California and Texas, people all over are looking to electrify their truck transport. [CleanTechnica]

F-150 Lightning in Alaska (Ford image)

  • “UK Boosts Renewable Target As Ukraine War Drives Up Prices For Energy” • With energy costs soaring, increased production of more cost-effective wind power is good news for consumers. It provides a potential to export excess UK energy to European countries, which are already struggling because of dependence on Russian energy supplies. [CGTN Europe]
  • “Washington Sees Greener Energy Future For The Gulf Of Mexico” • As part of a push toward a green energy future for America, the Biden administration unveiled plans to develop wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico. Though still in their infancy, the initiatives could one day generate enough electricity to power over 3 million homes. [Voice of America]
  • “Common Weed May Be ‘Super Plant’ That Holds Key To Drought-Resistant Crops” • Yale scientists describe how a weed, purslane, integrates two distinct metabolic pathways to create a novel type of photosynthesis that enables the weed to endure drought while remaining highly productive. Their paper was in the journal Science Advances. [Phys.org]
  • “Climate Activists Call On New Hampshire Officials To Invest In Renewable Energy, Divest From Fossil Fuels” • In response to recent electricity rate hikes, climate activists and organizers are demanding state officials expand New Hampshire’s renewable energy resources. The advocates met outside the State House at a press conference. [NHPR]
  • “Russian Rockets Damaged Part Of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant, Ukraine Says” • Ukraine’s nuclear agency says Russian rockets have damaged part of a giant Russian-controlled nuclear power plant, but there has been no radiation leak. Ukraine also accuses Russian forces of firing rockets at civilian areas from the site, employing “terror tactics.” [BBC]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.